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Forestry Chainsaws

Do you need to fell, grind or remove a tree with some high powered motorised assistance?  If the answer is yes then Hire Station has you covered with our new range of Forestry chainsaw and stump grinding equipment! We understand the need to have reliable, robust and powerful tools for your jobs and so we can offer you our petrol top handle chainsaw, our long reach petrol chainsaw as well as our petrol stump grinder!

All of this equipment is industrial grade and can handle most jobs regardless of their intensity including the pruning or removal of high branches, the felling of a range of tree types and even the removal of the left over stump. Our equipment is available all year round whenever and wherever you need it! We can deliver either to your staging area or even directly on-site so you can put your equipment into action as soon as possible!

Available to you is a selection of our most powerful and industrial Forestry and Landscaping equipment including:

Petrol chainsaws – within our fleet we stock both Stihl chainsaws and Husqvarna chainsaws. The Stihl chainsaw units differ from the Husqvarna chainsaw units via different but equally as unique engine management systems. The Husqvarna chainsaws feature X-Torq engines which delivers both lower fuel consumption as well as reduced exhaust emission without compromising the machines power. The Stihl chainsaw features Stihl’s ‘E-matic’ chain lubricating system which has the ability to be adjusted depending on the type of wood being cut producing an oil consumption saving in excess of 50%!

Long reach petrol chainsaws – just as with our regular over handle chainsaws our long reach models are produced by both Stihl and Husqvarna. Our long reach Husqvarna chainsaw units are fitted with ‘Smart Start’ which reduces the machines starter cord tension by up to 40% along with an ‘Inertia balancing wheel’ which reduces vibrations for improved cutting efficiency. The Stihl long reach chainsaw units are fitted with an ‘anti-vibration system’ which dampens the machines oscillations. Also fitted is a ‘Decompression system’ which allows a percentage of the compression pressure in the cylinder to be released, relieving tension on the starter rope allowing for an easier kick start.

Petrol stump grinders – Tree stump removal can be one of the most tedious and time consuming operations during your Forestry and Landscaping operation and so here at Hire Station if you need to hire a stump grinder within the UK, we can provide you the equipment to save yourself man hours and operating costs. Our fleet includes Husqvarna stump grinder units as well as Dosko stump grinder machines and even Camon equipment.

To view our products simply click the interactive products tiles below to be taken through to a full technical specification, a library of images, hire rates and much more!

Petrol Chain Saw
Long Reach Petrol Chain Saw
Petrol Stump Grinder

Chainsaw Safety

Felling in the Winter Months

The risk of injury increases very sharply when you use chainsaws in temperatures that have dropped below zero. Softer woods such as pine and spruce become hard and brittle so take extra care when cutting. If there has been any snow in your area in the days prior to your felling project be cautious as a snow heavy crown (also known as a ‘Canopy’) can force the tree into being top heavy, effecting the centre of gravity. When working in these conditions we also suggest leaving a larger hinge (the area which directs the trees trajectory during its fall) than normal and also only fell a tree in the natural direction of the tree lean.

Escaping the Path

Once you have created the ‘hinge’ the trees structure will weaken with the trunk then succumbing to the weight above it. It is at this moment you are in a lot of danger since if stood in the wrong position you could be hit by the collapsing tree at a high enough velocity to cause potentially lethal harm to anyone caught in its path.

To this end we have devised some simply instruction for you to follow that will allow you to stay safe during your work:

  • When the tree starts to fall, quickly move away to a distance of AT LEAST 4 metres (13 feet)
  • You must stand at a 45 degree angle behind and to the side from the base of the tree (see adjacent infographic)

When felling trees it is important to look out for stray and loose branches that may fall to the ground after the tree has collapsed. Also during the falling process the smoother internal wood could cause the falling truck to ‘slip’, effectively firing the truck backwards through the position you could be stood in. If a tree has an imbalance of foliage within its canopy due to either natural causes or processes such as pruning, the tree may fall to one side so always beware of how the tree comes down.

One of the more serious dangers happens once the tree slams into the ground. Due to a combination of the trees height, weight and several other factors the base of the trunk that has been cut may violent fire up in a whipping motion which may catch chainsaw operators unawares.


Positional Diagram for Tree Felling

Directional Tree Felling

Safe felling requires 2 core rules: Precision and Great Care. Directional Felling also facilitates the need for extreme caution as a collapsing tree doesn’t mind where it goes or what it crushes beneath it. The ‘Directional Notch’ when cut is used to determine the direction to which the tree will fall. This is very important as you can guide objects away from workers, equipment or even buildings and pedestrianized areas.

The ‘Directional Notch’ can be created via a number of different ways. The tree’s condition added to the locations terrain and tradition could mean the notch may have to differ but be careful to not cut away too deep a section, we recommend keep this to around 15 – 20% of the diameter of the trunk at breast height (in Europe and the UK this is 1.3 metres above the ground).

The most common form of ‘Directional Notch’ you will find are open-face directional notches. Open face cuts are formed via a large opening angle and have the advantage of being better suited on when sloped terrain where the hinge is required to stay intact for longer. The directional notch is formed of two areas; the Top Cut and the Bottom Cut. These should be placed as low to the ground as possible as this will aid in the control and stability of the tree as it collapses (this may require the removal or pruning of low hanging branches or protruding roots).

The opening angle of the ‘Directional Notch’ pre-determines how long the hinge needs to be. The shallower the angle the earlier the hinge will fracture and collapse.

We recommend using Open Face Notches because they are both highly suited to the majority of situation and are the simplest and easiest to learn and implement. Once the ‘Directional Notch’ is cut you can now create the ‘Felling Cut’. Left between these will be what is referred to as the ‘Hinge’. This directs the tree towards the ground at the pre-determined target zone in a safe manner.

The Felling Cut & the Hinge

Now that you have completed the ‘Directional Notch’ the next step in felling your tree is to apply what is called ‘The Felling Cut’. This is cut towards the ‘Directional Notch’. It is important to keep in mind that you must form ‘The Felling Cut’ right to the hinge width.

As a rule of thumb ‘The Felling Cut’ with be either be level or marginally above the ‘Directional Notch’. The exact technique to use for ‘The Felling Cut’ will vary depending upon 1) the thickness of the tree trunk in question and 2) the length of your guide bar (an element which guides your chainsaw as smoothly as possible with as little friction as possible).

When creating ‘The Felling Cut’ always use either a breaking bar, felling bar or a felling wedge to provide stability during the cutting process and ensure a safe collapse of the tree. These also block the tree from buckling backwards and pinching your guide bar in the tree during use. A major concern is keeping your machine fully fuelled since if you run out of fuel during the cutting process this can be incredibly dangerous!

The ‘Hinge’ is THE most important aspect when produce a safe and clean felling. Working like a regular hinge it allows the tree to pivot via one point, guiding the tree towards the ground with its location being within the unsawn section of the tree between the ‘Directional Notch’ and ‘The Felling Cut’.

To ensure an accurate felling the hinge must have a parallel and uniformed thickness. For optimum result the hinges length should be a minimum of 80% of the trees diameter at breast height and the diameter should be 10% of the trees diameter at breast height. For trees thicker than 30cm (1 foot) a 3cm hinge is sufficient. 

Crosscutting with Chainsaws

Crosscutting is the practise of sawing through a log horizontally (through the narrowest section of the tree).

When considering crosscutting you must always take care, especially with larger and thicker logs as an incorrect working technique could result in the trunk splitting, your guide bar becoming jammed or even serious injury to not only the user but also anybody working in the nearby vicinity.

First you must assess the tension of the log which you can do by monitoring how the trunk reacts as it is being cut as some logs can become very tense and snap violently during the crosscutting process.

Before you begin crosscutting ALWAYS consider your positioning! NEVER stand over the log. If the log is located on slopping ground never stand on the downhill section as the log could roll before or during cutting and injure you. For best practise and the most secure environment always stand to one side (this is in case the trunk jumps under its own tension) and always uphill of the log (if working on sloped terrain).

When performing crosscutting there is a simply 2 step technique  to help ensure the log doesn’t split:

  1. Form a ‘Meeting Cut’ by first removing a third of the logs diameter on the side which is exposed to compressive stress (the inner section of a bend) OR the side in which you predict the guide bar may pinch.
  2. Continue to make a ‘Meeting Cut’ on the opposite side of the log until the two meet and the log has been completely cut through.

When crosscutting you may also use a ‘Bumper Spike’, this acts as a pivot point between the log and the body of the chainsaw allowing for greater stability.

Fail to prepare…prepare to fail!

When working in a dangerous environment such as Forestry you must always take precautions to minimise the risk of harm to yourself and anyone working around you. To help you do this we have created a simply list of steps you can follow to help minimise any risk to yourself or nearby people.

Clear the path – Always clear the area surround the tree of debris, branches, exposed or loose roots, rocks and rubble etc. Also clear the selected drop zone of any unwanted objects, this will not only provide a cleaner landing for the felled tree but also remove potential risks post-felling when you need to deal with the trunk.

Make sure your escape route is clear – as the tree begins to collapse you’ll need to quickly but safely fall back away from the danger zone so we recommend clearing an area of 45 degrees either side the trees trunk from the rear, in the directions of which you will fall back to. Remove as many obstacles as you can that could cause you to trip, slip or fall.

Pruning isn’t just for aesthetics – Before you begin the process of felling the tree it is a good idea to prune the trunk on all sides up to shoulder height, your arms must never go past 90 degrees. When pruning always move the chainsaw in a downwards motion, cutting from the top towards the floor. We also recommend using the trunk as a barrier between yourself and the chainsaw, just for an added piece of protection.

Never work alone! – When onsite you must always try and work in a party whose number is always 2 or more. On top of conforming with all regular safety procedures you should also:

  • Mark on a working map your exact working location which is then handed over to your superiors so they know where you are and when you’ll be there.
  • Always carry either a mobile/satellite phone or communications radio (as an act of best practice we recommend carrying both).
  • Keep in regular contact with other workers and your superiors at least ever 2-3 hours.
  • Never work too far from your works vehicle which itself should always contain a First Aid Kit.

Chainsaws and the law

Chainsaws are one of the most dangerous hand held tools available on the market today. There ferocious power, razor sharp teeth and simple use are a recipe for disaster if used incorrectly, by the wrong people in the wrong manner. Chainsaws can, will and have caused numerous serious injuries including limb loss and even death. Between 2002 and 2011, 19 people were killed within the Forestry sector with 5 (26%) of those being as a direct result of chainsaws, which is 5 too many!

HSE (Heath and Safety Executive) conducted investigations into Forestry safety and found that most of the ‘fatal’ and ‘major’ injuries caused via chainsaw use where operators who were taking shortcuts during their operations and not following the excepted good guidance. The below is a selection of case studies from the HSE which will demonstrate just how dangerous chainsaws can be.

28 year old tree surgeon

54 year old contractor

50 year old contractor

28 year old tree surgeon

21 year old contractor

27 year old tree surgeon

Died via deep lacerations to the neck after using a chainsaw to cut branches whilst up a tree.

Died from being hit by both the tree they were working in AND chainsaw lacerations after trying to contain the tree within one garden during felling.

Died in hospital from his wounds after attempting to top and trim a tree with a top handle chainsaw.

During the process of pruning a multi-stemmed willow tree it is speculated that the operators chainsaw kicked back, lacerating his neck causing almost instant death. He was found dead in the tree some time later.

Working up a tree with a top handle chainsaw and harness when the machine struck his neck, lacerating his main artery.

He was found unconscious and dead after somehow making contact between his chainsaw and his neck.

Basic Chainsaw Safety

A modern chainsaw should always be fitted with as many safety devices as possible to help ensure the operator is fully protected and the risk of injury is reduced to its lowest level.

When selecting a chainsaw you should always make sure your chainsaw is fitted with the following features:

  • A Kickback Guard and Chain Brake – the chain brake will activate in one of two ways; the first is if your left wrist forces the Kickback Guard forward and the second is if the chainsaw kicks back, the inertia will automatically engage the chain brake. Our Husqvarna chainsaws are also fitted with a new system called TrioBrake, this activates the chain brake if your right wrist lifts the handle located on the rear guard
  • A Throttle Lock – this prevents accidental advances of the machines throttle meaning it will only work when the rear lock in depressed and helps contain accidents that would otherwise result in serious injury.
  • Chain Catcher – if in the unlikely situation during use that your chain should fracture and derail from the machine the chain catcher will prevent the chain and being fully released, again helping prevent serious injuries.
  • Right Hand Guard – this is used in conjunction with the Chain Catcher to prevent injuries to the operators hand should the chain become loose. This is a simple yet highly effective method of saving your hands and digits.
  • Well located and easy accessible controls – the machines ‘Stop’ functions should be easily located so when the unit needs to be deactivated and shut down quickly, during a critical situation this can be easily achieved.

Hire Station’s Chainsaw Handover Checklist

When hiring a chainsaw from us we must conduct our ‘Hand Over Checklist’. This takes about 15 minutes to complete and allows our customers to be instructed on how to use our kit in a safe and control environment by our qualified and competent staff.

Pre-inspection - This includes, but is not limited to, making sure a new chain has been fitted, the chain brake is fully operational and the chain tension is correct.

PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) – This includes advice and demonstration with using aspects such as a full helmet and visor, protective trousers and advice on suitable safety footwear.

SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) – Here you will fully inducted on how to start and stop the machine, the correct way to grip the unit for maximum safety, how to adjust the chain tension and a demonstration on the chain brake operation.

Cutting Techniques – Here you will be show how to correctly and safely fell trees, prune branches etc.

Risk Assessment – These are the basic and fundamental safety aspects you MUST undertake when using any equipment especially powerful machines such as chainsaws. You will be instructed on how to refuel the machine (in an outdoor environment only), clear your escape path and other aspects such as working under the influence.

If at the end of this hand over process our staff deems the potential operator non-competent they can at their own discretion refuse hire of the equipment

If you have any other questions or queries but do not hesitate to Contact Hire Station and one of our friendly and knowledgeable Hire Station team members will be more than happy to assist you.

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